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On Monday, the Supreme Court upheld a key component of Arizona's immigration law, paving the way for a key provision in
Portions of Georgia's immigration law have been on hold while legal challenges played out in court.
"It's a good ruling for Georgia," said Rep. Matt Ramsey (R, Peachtree City).
Ramsey said the Supreme Court ruling is a boost to Georgia's immigration law,
currently stuck on-hold
Ramsey authored the law which among other things allows police to check the immigration status of the suspects they detain. The Supreme Court upheld a similar provision in Arizona's law, which could pave the way for enforcement here.
But Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh found migrant workers who
"We have no
Mendez said he came to Gwinnett County from Guatemala 15 years ago and has been here without papers ever since.
He told Kavanaugh in Spanish, that the Hispanic community needs to step out of the shadows in come into the light. He
While that has to come from the federal level, Mendez believes
"As a defense attorney, it creates concern," said criminal defense attorney Vanessa Kosky.
Kosky fears if police in Georgia are allowed to check the immigration status of the people they detain, it will lead to racial profiling and discrimination.
"And, that individuals will be stopped for minor offenses and thus subjected to extra scrutiny."
Kosky showed us the hundreds of cases in which she says people get caught up in the immigration system over traffic offenses. She
"It is very curious when you have an epidemic of cases where it is almost always a malfunctioning light," she said.
Georgia's law is on hold in 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.
It's up to the court now to decide how to move forward now that the Supreme Court has ruled.
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